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Gothic Literature. What are you most afraid of? Why?. “Gothic”. Originally referred to architecture of churches Flying buttresses Pointed arches Ribbed vaulting Stained glass windows

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gothic literature

Gothic Literature

What are you most afraid of? Why?

  • Originally referred to architecture of churches
    • Flying buttresses
    • Pointed arches
    • Ribbed vaulting
    • Stained glass windows
  • “Gothic” term was given implying that it was crude and barbaric (Many artists were more fond of the symmetry and generally geometrically-shaped style)
what is gothic literature
What is gothic literature?

tales dealing with horror, despair, the grotesque

and other "dark" subjects

Dark settings

Strong Imagery

Damsels in distress

Deep villains

Dark themes about human nature

Hidden secrets

dark settings
Dark Settings

Mysterious castles


Remote Areas

Crumbling ruins

What kind of weather?

What time of day?

dark themes topics
Dark Themes/Topics



Superstitions or supernatural events


Ancient Prophecies

Omens, portents, and visions

Women in Distress

Corrupt human nature

Hidden secrets








metonymy of gloom and horror
Metonymy of Gloom and Horror!
  • Metonymy is a subtype of a metaphor
    • Rain = Sorrow
  • For example when watching a movie they typically make funerals rainy affairs to help transfer the mood.
  • Examples in Gothic Literature to create Mystery, Danger, or the Supernatural:  Choose 3 to write in your notes.
    • Howling Wind
    • Blowing Rain
    • Doors grating on rusty hinges
    • Crazed laughter
    • Clanking chains
    • Sighs, moans, howls, and eerie sounds
    • Lights in an abandoned room
  • Do you see any remnants of Gothic Literature today?
    • What is your favorite scary movie? Why?
      • Importance of the visual and audio aspects of the movies to how they feel
    • BRAINSTORM: (on the board) What are some gothic elements in your favorite horror movies or stories?
    • How does IMAGERY affect your response?
  • King’s The Shining
  • The Messengers clip
  • Tim Burton
    • Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • “Here With Me” music video – The Killers’
  • What elements of the examples are “gothic?”
  • Discuss with partner:
  • What other modern examples of “Gothic” can you think of?
    • Music?
    • Movies?
    • Books/Authors?